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Limpopo Provincial Government stands firm to fight killings in the society

By: Moraka Mehale

It leaves no spat and altercation but gracious clicking mind to pin the heart as well as the eyes to the city of Polokwane which was historically known as place of safety.

Since 2019, the city has been faced by excruciating experience which made Executive Council led by Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha to interject on how best can the province culminate the killings that clouded the beautiful province.

Premier Mathabatha convened two day Community Safety Dialogue held at The Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane on Thursday, this allowed various stakeholders to participate in order to deal with barbaric, brutal, myopic and gruesome deaths. Furthermore, probe complex questions through expert opinions, presentations and participants’ engagement lessen this escalate spate of killings of women, children, political and community leaders.

During his speech, Premier Mathabatha indicated the horrific incident which occurred to be the targeted killings in the province. “We have seen the killing of SAMVU leaders in the Vhembe region, the killing of ANC Councilor in Sekhukhune. This is not something we want to see in our province or anywhere in the country”, said Mathabatha.

Moreover, Premier spoke about the domestic killings of partners “Just very recently, we had to deal with another senseless killing, the brutal killing of Shongi Nkwashu who was an intern doctor at Mankweng hospital. She was killed by someone she knew and who claimed to lover her”.

The increase of violence led to Community Safety Dialogue being held an gave birth to new strategies and tactics on the fight against the scourge of crime and targeted killings in communities.

The premier encouraged communities and structures such as Community Policing Forums (CPF) to work together with the law enforcement agencies to fight the crime and create a safer environment for all.

As the National Development Plan visualizes the importance of people living safely without the fear of crime, a crime seems to require more than just political will as if affects society hence dialogue was held to come up with innovative ways to ensure that crime could be deterred. Premier Mathabatha closed by encouraging people of Limpopo to participate in societal organisations that are in existence such as Street Committee Forums, Safer School Campaigns and Community Policing Forums to bring culprits to law books.